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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of December 17, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Matt Vernon - Aberdeen Wings

Matt Vernon

For the second consecutive week, Aberdeen Wings goalie Matt Vernon, 20, has earned the Central Division star honors. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of San Jose, California, picked up two more wins as he helped Wings extend their winning streak to seven straight games and stay in 1st place with a road sweep of the Minot Minotauros this past weekend. Vernon, who leads the NAHL with 18 wins this season, stopped all 33 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in a 3-0 win on Thursday, and then made 28 saves in a 7-1 win on Friday. For the weekend, Vernon stopped 61 of 62 shots. “One of the primary keys to success is consistency, and that's why Matt has had such a strong start to his season. He's consistent in his preparation, and in all phases of his daily life. No question, he's earned everything he's achieved. Matt was the backbone behind another good weekend,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Lane Krenzen, D, Austin Bruins – Joe Strada, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Carson Briere - Johnstown Tomahawks

Carson Briere

The forward of the month in November, Johnstown forward Carson Briere, 19, picked up right where he left off last month with another great weekend to help Johnstown pick up a sweep of the New Jersey Titans. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, he had two goals and three assists in a 7-3 win and then on Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win. For the season, Briere in 2nd in NAHL scoring with 48 points in 32 games played. “Carson has been a consistent contributor to our offense all season long and this week was no different. He was dangerous seemingly every time he was on the ice with and without the puck. He seemed to have some extra drive in his game and as usual, was right in the thick of the important moments of the game. I am very happy for him as he continues to provide a big offensive spark for our team. Going into the Christmas break it was important for our team to be successful and Carson hand a huge hand in helping us do so,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Luke Mountain, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daylon Mannon, F, Maryland Black Bears – Bennett Stockdale, F. Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Josh Langford - Chippewa Steel

Josh Langford

University of Maine recruit and Chippewa Steel goaltender Josh Langford, 17, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears this past week. The 6’5/185 lbs. native of Frisco, Texas, faced 65 shots in the two games and allowed just a single goal, making 64 saves in the two wins. On Friday, Langford stopped all 36 shots that came his way through regulation and overtime and then stopped all three shooters in the shootout for a 1-0 win, which was his second shutout of the year. On Saturday, he made 28 saves in a 3-1 win. “Josh has been a rock for us all season and it’s great to see his hard work pay off this past weekend against Kenai. He gave us the opportunity to win both games,” said Steel interim head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: Brenden Olson, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets - Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Camden Thiesing, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Jake Stella - Corpus Christi IceRays

Jake Stella

The Corpus Christi IceRays continued their best stretch of the season, picking up a three-game road sweep in Odessa this past weekend to extend their winning streak to six straight games. Forward Jake Stella, 20, was the star this week for his club as he picked up six ponts (4 goals, 2 assists) and was a +5 in the three wins. On Thursday, the 6’0/190 lbs. native of Karlstad, Sweden, had a goal in a 7-3 win. The next night, he had a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win, and then on Saturday he had two goals and an assist in a 7-5 win to complete the three-game sweep. For the season, Stella is tied for 4th in team scoring with 19 points in 27 games played. “Jake has been our best forward all season. He plays a complete game and it’s nice to see him get rewarded with points this week. He has a very hard shot with a quick release that makes him dangerous and we were able to see that all week,” said IceRays head coach Ryan Cruthers.

2nd Star: Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Evennou, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Cooper Fensterstock, F, Amarillo Bulls – Anthony Firriolo, D, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ethan Harrison, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 10, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Matt Vernon - Aberdeen Wings

Matt Vernon

With three more wins this past week, Aberdeen Wings goalie Matt Vernon, 20, is now the NAHL leader in the category with 16 wins so far this season. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of San Jose, California, helped Wings extend their winning streak to five straight games and move into 1st place with a win in Brookings on Tuesday and then a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Wilderness on Friday and Saturday. On Tuesday, Vernon made 30 saves in a 2-1 win against the Blizzard. On Friday, he stopped all 29 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over the Wilderness, and then on Saturday, he made 33 saves in a 4-3 win. For the week, Vernon stopped 92 of 96 shots. “Matt has been a work horse for us here in the first half. He came into the season in great shape and very driven to prove he is one of the league’s best. Matt’s wins and numbers this weekend are a testament to his work ethic,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Babiak, D, Brookings Blizzard – Justin Kelley, F, Minot Minotauros – Vince Marino, F, Brookings Blizzard – Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros - Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Dalton Weigel, D, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Brad Jenion - Maryland Black Bears

Brad Jenion

In a pair of road games against the New Jersey Titans, Jenion, 20, helped his team snap a losing skid, contributing on both ends of the ice. The 6’4/215 lbs. native of Rushton Spencer, England, recorded four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and was a +4 in the two games. On Saturday, Jenion had two assists in a 5-3 loss. The next day, Jenion had the game-winning goal and another assist in a 4-2 win to snap their losing skid and stay close in the playoff race in the East Division. Jenion, who started the season with Shreveport in the NAHL, has five points in seven games with the Black Bears and nine points overall this season. “Brad has come into Maryland and has brought a very strong defensive and physical component to our team. He is a fierce competitor, a ‘team-first’ player, and it was nice to see him create some things on the offensive side as well.  It is very rewarding for us to see him receive this accolade and it is well-deserved,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jeff Bertrand, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Brady Gaudette, F, Northeast Generals – Luke Mountain, F, Maryland Black Bears – Brett Postula, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Matt Rutigliano, F, Northeast Generals – Alex Wilkins, D, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cole Brady - Janesville Jets

Cole Brady

The Janesville Jets and goaltender Cole Brady, 17, got back to the winning side of things this weekend as they posted a 3-0 win on Friday over the visiting Fairbanks Ice Dogs to help the team move back into 2nd place in the Midwest Division. The Arizona State recruit and 6’5/165 lbs. native of Toronto, Ontario, stopped all 22 shots that came his way in the win for his third shutout of the season. Brady’s 12 wins rank 4th in the NAHL and he has a 2.35 goals against average and a .925 save percentage in 21 appearances so far this season. “Cole has been outstanding for us and has been giving us a chance to win and be competitive in all of our games. His play gives the rest of the team confidence and he is a true competitor out there,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Borgida, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Andrew Kruse, D, Minnesota Magicians – Brenden Olson, F, Janesville Jets – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Nick Seitz - Corpus Christi IceRays

Nick Seitz

The Corpus Christi IceRays stayed in the thick of the NAHL’s South Division playoff race thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Forward Nick Seitz, 18, played a big role in the sweep, totaling five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +3 rating in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’1/185 lbs. native of New York, New York, had a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-2 win over the Jackalopes. On Saturday, the Princeton University recruit had an assist in a 5-2 win. In 11 games so far this season with the IceRays, Seitz has recorded 11 points. “Nick raised his compete level this weekend and it led to success. He was doing all the little things right and possessed the puck all weekend. He has a heavy shot with a quick release and when he puts it all together these are the type of results he should expect,” said IceRays head coach Ryan Cruthers.

2nd Star: Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Best, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Leo Chuard, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls – Gagik Malakyan, D, Amarillo Bulls – C.J. Regula, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Connor Zilisch, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 3, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Shawn Kennedy - Aberdeen Wings

Shawn Kennedy

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Chippewa Steel, the Aberdeen Wings now sit just a point out of 1st place in the Central Division. This past weekend it was Shawn Kennedy’s time to shine. The 6’0/188 lbs. forward from Bainsville, Ontario, was a big factor in the sweep, totaling 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins to go along with a +5 rating. Kennedy, 19, had a goal and assist in a 9-3 win on Friday and then on Saturday he recorded a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, and also added three assists in a 12-3 win. For the season, Kennedy has 18 points in 21 games played. “Shawn’s play as of late has been outstanding. He is playing with an abundance of confidence and it showed this past weekend. Shawn has the ability to take over a game and come up big in key situations,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ben Garrity, G, Minot Minotauros - Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Levi Kleiboer, D, Minot Minotauros – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Willy Stauber, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Joe Winkelmann, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Jacob Badal - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Jacob Badal

Thanks to a weekend sweep of the Maryland Black Bears, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights moved themselves into a tie for the 4th and final playoff spot. 17-year-old forward and Western Michigan commit Jacob Badal played a big role in the sweep, totaling four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Badal (6’1/200) recorded a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win, and then on Saturday the native of Flushing, Michigan, had a goal in a 2-1 win to complete the sweep. Badal is currently 2nd in team scoring this season with 18 points in 25 games played. “Jacob is a really high performing forward that has made the adjustment to junior hockey very well the past month. He really prides himself on being the best player on the ice every game and making the right play each shift. I am thrilled with his development and impressed with how Jacob is playing lately,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zak Currie, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Keane, G, Jamestown Rebels – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Winter, G, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jack Johnston - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jack Johnston

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jack Johnston, 19, helped his team climb into a tie for 2nd place in the Midwest Division thanks to two wins in three games against the Kenai River Brown Bears this past weekend. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota, scored four goals in the three-game series, which included at least a goal in each of the three games. On Thursday, he scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-1 win. On Friday, he added a goal in a 4-0 win, and then on Saturday he scored again in a 4-3 loss. For the season, Johnstown is currently tied for 4th in team scoring with 16 points in 26 games played. “Jack has a tireless work ethic and will continue to create offense as he develops. He is, and will be, a large part of our success as the season progresses,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Tommy Middleton, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Garby, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Alex Klekotka, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Mason Salquist, F, Janesville Jets – Porter Schachle, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Camarre - Odessa Jackalopes

Alex Camarre

The Odessa Jackalopes got exactly what they needed this past weekend, which was a couple of wins to help them start climbing the South Division standings. Jackalopes goalie Alex Camarre, 20, was at the forefront of the two wins, as the goaltender from Buffalo, New York, was perfect on the weekend for Odessa. On Friday, Camarre (5’8/165) came into the game as the Lone Star Brahmas had taken a 3-2 lead. Thanks to 20 saves on 20 shots the rest of the game by Camarre, the Jackalopes stormed back to score the last four goals of the game in a 6-3 win. On Saturday, Camarre stopped all 26 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win for his first shutout of the season. On the weekend, he stopped all 46 shots that came his way in just over 92 minutes of action. “Alex came up big for us at the right time and gave us some confidence. He will need to continue his success to keep us battling for a playoff spot,” said Jackalopes head coach Greg Gatto.

2nd Star: Kyle Herbster, F, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tim Clifton, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brenden Datema, D, Amarillo Bulls – Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots – CJ Regula, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Gabriel Seger, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 26, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Brad Belisle - Aberdeen Wings

Brad Belisle

Aberdeen Wings forward and Bemidji State recruit Brad Belisle, 20, helped his club pick up two wins in three games this past week as the Wings kept pace with the Central Division leaders. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, logged six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +5 in the three games. On Wednesday, Belisle had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 5-3 home win over the Brookings Blizzard. On Friday, he picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 road win in Minot against the Minotauros. On Saturday, picked up an assist in a 3-2 loss in Minot. Belisle has now recorded a point in six straight games and is currently tied for 4th in team scoring with 16 points in 20 games played this season. “Brad has brought an immense amount of character and leadership to a team that lost a lot of talented players from last year’s team. Brad continues to be a presence on the ice each and every shift,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Cole O’Connell, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Wilmer Skoog, F, Minot Minotauros – John Sladic, F, Aberdeen Wings – Willy Stauber, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Cameron Hebert - Johnstown Tomahawks

Cameron Hebert

Thanks to an NAHL-high 15-game winning streak, another Johnstown Tomahawks player has been recognized as the Star of the Week in the East. This past week it was Tomhawks forward Cameron Hebert’s turn as the 6’1/175 lbs. native of St. Andrews West, Ontario, racked up eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in three wins this past week. The Robert Morris recruit began his week with a goal and two assists in an 8-2 home win on Wednesday against the Maryland Black Bears. He followed that up with another goal and two assists effort in a 5-2 win over Northeast on Friday. On Saturday, he picked up two assists in a 3-2 overtime win, as the Tomhawks completed a sweep of the Generals. Hebert, 19, is currently 3rd in the NAHL in scoring with 35 points 26 games played. “Cameron’s play this week was very strong in all three games and he played a major factor in us being able to pick up three wins. His points came at crucial times in the games. He has such an efficient 200-foot game and is such an important member of our team on both sides of the puck. He has been everything we hoped for and more this year for our team,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jax Murray - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jax Murray

Arizona State recruit and Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jax Murray, 20, helped his team to a three-game weekend road sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears this weekend and had played a major role in all three wins. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, had four points in the three wins, which included the game-winning goal in all three wins along with an assist. On Friday, Murray scored the overtime-winner in a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he again added another overtime-winner and added an assist in a 4-3 win. On Sunday, Murray scored the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 win. For the season, Murray is currently 2nd in team scoring with 19 points in 23 games played so far this season. “Jax was there at big moments for his team this weekend. He has a next level gear that is hard to keep up with. His team looks to him to be a consistent producer,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Clark, D, Chippewa Steel – Filip Dusek, D, Chippewa Steel – Justin Engelkes, F, Janesville Jets – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – John Keranen, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians – Mattias Sholl, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Andy Walker, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Logan Jenuwine - Amarillo Bulls

Logan Jenuwine

The Amarillo Bulls got back in action this past weekend by taking three of a possible four points in their road series in Odessa against the Jackalopes. Forward and Western Michigan recruit Logan Jenuwine, 20, was a big factor for the Bulls, totaling five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the two games. On Friday, the 6’2/195 lbs. native of Romeo, Michigan, had two goals and two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Jacks. On Saturday, Jenuwine scored the game-winning goal with under a minute remaining in regulation in a 3-2 win. For the season, Jenuwine currently leads the 1st place Bulls in scoring with 28 points in 20 games played. His 16 goals are currently 2nd best in the NAHL. “We are very proud of Logan for the impact he has on our team on a weekly basis. He is a competitor that brings an excellent effort every shift. He makes his teammates better and is a constant threat to change the momentum of the game every time he touches the ice. There is no doubt that he will be an impact player for Western Michigan when he joins their team next season,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Ethan Harrison, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jay Feiwell, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Brenden Rons, D, Topeka Pilots - Gabriel Seger, F, Amarillo Bulls – Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 19, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ryan Fanti - Minnesota Wilderness

Ryan Fanti

The Minnesota Wilderness and goaltender Ryan Fanti, 19, pushed their winning streak to five straight games over the weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the Chippewa Steel. The 6’2/190 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, backstopped the Wilderness to win in both games, allowing just a single goal in both outings. On Friday, Fanti made 40 saves in a 2-1 road win and on Saturday he made 30 saves in a 3-1 home win. Fanti, who has won his last six starts, has a 8-5-1 record to date with a 2.30 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. “Ryan has been on a really great run and is giving us a chance to win every night. He is a great kid and deserves everything he gets,” said Wilderness head coach Dave Boitz.

2nd Star: Vince Marino, F, Brookings Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats - Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Dylan Johnson, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Kevin Ness, F, Minot Minotauros – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Colin Price - Johnstown Tomahawks

Colin Price

The Johnstown Tomahawks and forward Colin Price, 19, just kept winning this weekend as their winning streak reached an NAHL season-high 12 games in a row. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of North Ridgeville, Ohio, scored three goals in a weekend home sweep of the New Jersey Titans. Price, who was also a +4 on the weekend, had a goal in Friday’s 4-3 win and two more goals in Saturday’s 7-2 win. For the season, Price has 12 points in 23 games played. “Colin has really been starting to come on over the past month and it was really nice to see him have such an impact on our two wins this weekend. He is a prototypical 200-foot power forward and he was instrumental to our success. He is scoring in different ways and providing a heavy presence all weekend, and also fun to watch. I am very proud of Colin for the way he stepped up,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: David Fessenden, G, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Frye, F, Jamestown Rebels – Andy Nedeljkovic, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Chris Konin - Minnesota Magicians

Chris Konin

Another NAHL team extending their winning streak and division lead this past weekend was the Minnesota Magicians, who swept the Janesville Jets at home this past weekend. Magicians forward Chris Konin, 18, played a big factor in this wins as the 6’0/196 lbs. native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, posted three points and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Konin had a goal in regulation and another goal in a shootout in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he assisted on both Magicians goals in a 2-0 win. For the season, Konin is 4th in team scoring with 15 points in 22 games played. “Chris has really progressed since the start of the season. He’s a very skilled and smart player. When he goes to the hard areas it compliments his game as well. We are very happy with his play lately,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jonathan Panisa, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians

 

South Star of the Week: Jay Feiwell - Shreveport Mudbugs

Jay Feiwell

Thanks to picking up three of a possible four points in a weekend home series against Odessa, the Shreveport Mudbugs stayed in 4th place in the NAHL playoff race in the South Division. Forward Jay Feiwell, 19, had four points in the two games. The 5’10/195 lbs. native of Carmel, Indiana, had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in Friday’s 4-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss. For the season, Feiwell is 5th in team scoring with 9 points in 13 games played. “Jay’s consistent, hard working, attention to detail, and in-your-face play was the driving force behind him being named Mudbugs Captain. The Star of the Week recognition is nice feather in the cap for a guy that tries to do everything the right way and lead by example on the ice,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Camarre, G, Odessa Jackalopes – Blake Evenou, D, Lone Star Brahmas – Jack Jaunich, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 12, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nick Grabko - Minot Minotauros

Nick Grabko

Thanks to two road wins in Austin against the Bruins, the Minot Minotauros took over 1st place in the Central Division. Goaltender Nick Grabko, 18, started and won both games for Minot in the series, stopping 62 of a possible 64 shots. On Friday night, the 5’11/175 lbs. native of Channahon, Illinois, stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. On Saturday, he made 32 saves in a 4-2 win. For the season, Grabko has an 8-2-0 record and ranks 3rd in the NAHL with a .937 save percentage. “Nick was superb this weekend in a couple of tough road wins. He gave us a chance to win both games and he gives our players confidence to play in front of him. Even though he’s a first year player, he plays like a seasoned veteran,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Austin Jouppi, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fritz Belisle F, Minot Minotauros – Ryan Fanti, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jack Suchy, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Dalton Weigel, D, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Carter McPhail - Johnstown Tomahawks

Carter McPhail

There is no team hotter or has a better record in the NAHL currently than the Johnstown Tomahawks, who ran their winning streak to 10 straight games with three more wins this past week. Goaltender Carter McPhail, 19, started and won all three games during the week, giving up just four goals in the process. In total, the 5’11/176 lbs. native of Fenton, Michigan, stopped 85 of 89 shots during the week, posting a save percentage of .955. That included 40 saves in a 6-1 win over Maryland on Friday night. For the season, McPhail is tied for the NAHL lead with 10 wins and ranks 2nd in both goals against average (1.80) and save percentage (.939). “Carter played a big hand in our three wins this week as he started all three games and was great in all of them, including a shootout victory in the third game of the week. Each night he gave our team a chance to win and made some big saves along the way. The best thing about Carter is that his number one focus is winning hockey games for the team and letting everything else individually take care of itself. He has a great work ethic and I am very happy to see him recognized for the work he continues to put in to help our team have success,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Ryan Rowland, D, Northeast Generals

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Badal, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Cameron Hebert, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Zach Stejskal, G, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Joel Pavey - Minnesota Magicians

Joel Pavey

Minnesota Magicians forward Joel Pavey, 18, had his best weekend in an NAHL uniform as he helped the Magicians pick up a weekend road sweep in Kenai River against the Brown Bears. The 5’11/180 lbs. native Sarnia, Ontario, posted four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Pavey had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win. The four points were Pavey’s first in the NAHL this season. “Joel helped our team in all areas this weekend. He contributed defensively, offensively, and had a strong role with special teams. He is a gritty competitor that has truly embraced his opportunity with us,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Jack Williams, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel – Tanner Edwards, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Josh Langford, G, Chippewa Steel – Jack Robbel, G, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Vincent, F, Janesville Jets – Denis Westergard, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Jason Grande - Amarillo Bulls

Jason Grande

Thanks to taking five of six points this past weekend in Corpus Christi, the Amarillo Bulls sit atop of the South Division with a seven-point lead and the league’s second best record. Veteran goaltender Jason Grande, 19, was in goal for both of the Bulls wins over the weekend, giving up just a single goal in two games. The 6’4/180 lbs. native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, faced 57 of 58 shots in the two wins, which included a 25-save shutout in a 4-0 win on Sunday and 32 saves in a 3-1 win on Friday. For the season, Grande boasts a 8-3-1 record and is 5th in the NAHL with a 2.02 goals against average. “Jason has been our most consistent player for the past two months. He is very calm in the net, controls his rebounds and creates a confidence for our team that has allowed us to be successful. He is generating a significant amount of interest at the NCAA Division I level and will be a tremendous addition to whichever program he elects to go to,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Kade Phipps, G, Odessa Jackalopes

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Blake Bennett, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – James Crossman, D, Odessa Jackalopes – Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls – Clayton Lackey, F, Lone Star Brahmas

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 5, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Stepan Pokorny - Aberdeen Wings

Stepan Pokorny

The Aberdeen Wings cruised to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Brookings Blizzard over the weekend, which kept the Wings with the NAHL’s best record at 11-2-2 overall. Forward and NAPHL grad Stepan Pokorny, 18, had his best weekend of his young NAHL career as the 5’11/185 lbs. native of Kolin, Czech Republic, chimed in with four goals during the sweep to go along with a +5 rating. On Friday, Pokorny, who played in the NAPHL the past two seasons, had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 6-1 road win in Brookings. On Saturday, he had two more goals in a 5-2 home win over the Blizzard. For the season, Pokorny has nine points in 15 games played. “Stepan has been a player we have relied on to play in multitude of roles since the start of the season. He embraces the hard work it takes to play in the NAHL and this weekend was a byproduct of the work he has put in,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ethan Gauer, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Didrik Henbrandt, F, Minot Minotauros – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Wilmer Skoog, F, Minot Minotauros – Levi Stauber, F, Austin Bruins – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Carson Briere - Johnstown Tomahawks

Carson Briere

Johnstown Tomahawks veteran forward Carson Briere, 19, helped his club to two more wins this past weekend and run their current winning streak to seven straight games as they sit atop of the NAHL’s East Division. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recorded five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins and was a +2. On Thursday, Briere had a pair of assists in a 5-1 road win in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against the Knights. On Friday, Briere was a one-man show in the 3rd period as he scored twice, including the game-winner, and assisted on another as the Tomahawks came from behind to win 5-4. For the season, Briere is 2nd in the NAHL in scoring with 24 points in 18 games played. “It’s great to see Carson recognized as Star of the Week. He came through big for us this weekend especially in crunch time, which is one of his biggest attributes in that he has the ability to perform when he needs to be clutch. He has emerged as a dynamic offensive player that continues to improve day in and day out because of his competitive drive. It has been fun to watch his overall game grow since he came to Johnstown, and we look forward to more to come from him,” said Johnstown head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Zach Nazzarett, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Eric Manoukian, D, New Jersey Titans – Matteo Menotti, F, Maryland Black Bears – David Tomeo, G, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Killian Kiecker-Olson - Chippewa Steel

Killian Kiecker-Olson

It was a big weekend for 17-year-old Killian Kiecker-Olson of the Chippewa Steel. The 6’0/190 lbs. native of Andover, Minnesota, and NAPHL grad, helped the Steel to a weekend split of their series with the Janesville Jets and in the process, snap a losing skid to get the team back on the right track. Kiecker-Olson had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +4 on the weekend. On Friday, he had an assist in a close 4-3 loss. On Saturday, Kiecker-Olson had two goals and an assist in a 6-0 win. For the season, Kiecker-Olsonis tied for 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 19 games played. “Killian is a young player who has been thrust into a big role for us and has performed real well. He has a great ability to slow the game down and see the ice well and it has translated into offensive production for us. He is really starting to gain traction on playing in this league and I believe he will only get better as time goes on,” said Steel head coach Al Rooney.

2nd Star: Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Grant Reichenbacher, F, Chippewa Steel – John Stampohar, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Seth Eisele - Lone Star Brahmas

Seth Eisele

While Lone Star Brahmas goalie Seth Eisele, 20, played in just one game over the weekend, he made the most of it. The 6’5/180 lbs. native of Stillwater, Minnesota, posted his first career NAHL shutout as he stopped all 21 shots that came his way in a 2-0 win on Saturday in Topeka against the Pilots. The shutout included 11 saves in the 3rd period and secured a weekend split of the series for the Brahmas, who took three of four points. Eisele, who played a part of the 2016-17 season in the NA3HL with the North Iowa Bulls, has appeared in three games for the Brahmas this season, allowing just five goals. “I thought Seth was very solid in our win on Saturday. When we gave up good chances, he was there to respond. He has been patient in our time with and made the most of his opportunities when called upon. I’ve been very happy with his play this year and hope to see it continue,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Justin Evenson, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Peterson, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 29, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Dante Zapata - Austin Bruins

Dante Zapata

With three more wins this past week, the Austin bruins continue to be the league’s hottest and best team. Third-year forward Dante Zapata, 20, had a big week as he put up six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in the three wins. The 6’1/200 lbs. native of Huntington Beach, California, began the week with a goal and two assists in a 3-1 home win over the Minnesota Wilderness on Wednesday. On Friday, Zapata had an assist in a 5-4 road win against the Chippewa Steel. On Saturday, he picked up two more assists in a 5-0 home win over the Steel. For the season, Zapata is 2nd in team scoring with 12 points in 13 games played. “This is Dante’s third season as a Bruin and he’s paid his dues. He plays the game the right way and we use him in all situations. We are hoping that a NCAA Division I program will see that potential and the fact that he can fit anywhere in their line up next season,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Kangas, F, Minot Minotauros – Noah Kim, D, Austin Bruins – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – Julian Timba, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings – Dalton Weigel, D, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Samuel Solensky - Johnstown Tomahawks

Samuel Solensky

Veteran Johnstown Tomahawks forward Samuel Solensky, 20, not only helped his team widen their lead in the East Division and extend their winning streak to five straight games, but he also made some history in the process. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Michalovce, Slovakia, recorded seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in a series home sweep of the Northeast Generals and in the process became the Tomahawks all-time assists leader. Solensky had a goal and four assists in Saturday’s 8-1 win and then recorded two more assists in Sunday’s 5-4 shootout win. For the season, Solensky currently leads the NAHL in scoring with 26 points in 16 games played. “We were fortunate to get two wins on home ice this weekend and Sammy was instrumental in both wins. His ability to create offense not only for himself, but also his teammates was special. That is one of his biggest assets is that he not only can produce for himself, but he makes those around him better. His NCAA Division I interest has deservedly increased rapidly and we look for him to continue to be a huge part of our team,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Ryan Keane, G, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans – Nick Stuckless, F, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Andrew Kruse - Minnesota Magicians

Andrew Kruse

Thanks to three wins this past week, the Minnesota Magicians widened their lead in the Midwest Division to five points. Thanks to a career weekend from veteran blueliner Andrew Kruse, 19, the Magicians picked up a three-game weekend road sweep in Springfield. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Delano, Minnesota, recorded five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in the three wins and was an astounding +9. That included an assist in a 5-1 win on Thursday, a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win on Friday and two assists in a 5-4 overtime win on Saturday. For the season, Kruse has seven points in 16 games played. “Andrew is a true soldier on our blueline for us. His ability to play in all situations along with his consistent work ethic and leadership are strong qualities we admire in him. He had a great weekend and helped our team succeed in many ways,” said Magicians head coach A.J. Bucchino.

2nd Star: Cameron Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Markuss Komuls, D, Kenai River Brown Bears – Johnny Sorenson, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Tomas Vochozka, F, Chippewa Steel – Noah Wilson, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Akira Schmid - Corpus Christi IceRays

Akira Schmid

New IceRays goalie Akira Schmid, 18, paid instant dividends this past weekend as the IceRays picked up a weekend home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. The 6’5/195 lbs. native of Bern, Switzerland and 2018 draft pick of the New Jersey Devils started and won both games this past weekend, allowing just three goals on 58 shots. On Friday, Schmid made 18 saves in a 3-1 win over the Brown Bears and then on Saturday, he made 37 saves in a 5-2 win. His save percentage for the weekend was .948. “Akira was very good all weekend helping us win two very important games. He played a very calm and confident style, while making big saves when needed,” said IceRays head coach Ryan Cruthers.

2nd Star: Jason Grande, G, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gueorgui Feduolov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ethan Harrison, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Logan Jenuwine, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jake Stella, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Dallas Tulik, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 22, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Mitch Machlitt - Aberdeen Wings

Mitch Machlitt

The Aberdeen Wings are tied for the Central Division lead thanks to a 6-0-1 run in their last seven games. This weekend, it was forward Mitch Machlitt, 19, who was the major contributor. The 6’2/180 lbs. native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, led the Wings with five points in a two-game road sweep in Chippewa Falls against the Steel. On Friday, Machlitt had a pair of assists in a 4-1 win and then on Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 7-1 win. He was also a +4 on the weekend. In 10 games played this season, Machlitt has seven points. “Mitch has been the player we drafted since Day 1. He finds a way to contribute every night in many different ways. This weekend’s output was a result of hard work,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Wilmer Skoog, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Matt Rutigliano - Northeast Generals

Matt Rutigliano

Northeast Generals forward Matt Rutigliano, 20, helped his club to a weekend split on the road against the New Jersey Titans this past weekend. The 5’11/182 lbs. native of Upton, Massachusetts, had three points (all goals) and was a +3 during the two games. On Friday, Rutigliano had two goals in a 6-3 loss and then on Saturday, he recorded another goal in a 5-2 win. For the season, Rutigliano us second on the team in scoring with 10 points in 11 games played. “Matt has done an amazing job both on and off the ice.  As a new Captain he has taken the team and helped it forge a great identity.  That impact has been immense, as has his play.  His goals this weekend were a big reason we won and his impact on games is consistently great,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell.

2nd Star: Carter McPhail, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Patrick Choi, F, Maryland Black Bears – Cooper Lukenda, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Connor Pooley, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Connor Scahill - Kenai River Brown Bears

Connor Scahill

The Kenai River Brown Bears picked up a weekend road split in Topeka against the Pilots this past weekend and in the process, snapped a three-game losing streak. 19-year-old defenseman Connor Scahill was big for his team on both ends of the ice. The 6’0/185 lbs. native of Port Huron, Michigan, had three points and was a +3 during the weekend. On Friday, Scahill scored both Brown Bears goals in a close 3-2 loss. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 5-2 win. For the season, Scahill has nine points in 13 games played. “Connor has made a big step in his development in his second year in the league.  Not only has he produced offensively, but he has helped shore up our defensive zone and special teams. We are very happy for him to win this award, but he as well as our team understand that things like this will keep happening with team success,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cole Brady, G, Janesville Jets – Jackson Jutting, F, Minnesota Magicians – Luke Mobley, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Vincent, F, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Michal Stinil - Lone Star Brahmas

Michal Stinil

The Lone Star Brahmas got back on the right track this past weekend with a home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Leading the way was 19-year-old forward Michal Stinil. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Decin, Czech Republic, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +1 in the two wins. Stinil, who is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for American International College, had a goal and two assists in Friday’s 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he had a power play goal in a 7-5 win. For the season, Stinil is tied for the team lead in scoring with nine points in 10 games played. “Michal is starting to play the right way with the team concept in mind. He has a very good shot and an elite skill set,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls – Nick Anderson, D, Amarillo Bulls – Billy Feczko, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Austin Grzenia, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Dalls Tulik, F, Topeka Pilots – Conor Witherspoon, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 15, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Keenan Lund - Minot Minotauros

Keenan Lund

Minot Minotauros forward Keenan Lund, 20, helped his team stay right in the thick of the Central Division leaders with a road split in Aberdeen over the weekend. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Sartell, Minnesota, had three more points (all assists) in the two games during the weekend and now sits 2nd in NAHL scoring with 15 points through his first 10 games. On Friday, Lund had two assists, including on the overtime-winner in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he recorded an assist in Minot’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss. “Keenan had another strong weekend. His speed generates opportunities for him and is a player we rely on heavily night in and night out. He is garnering plenty of NCAA Division I interest right now and I firmly believe he’s only going to continue to get better and better,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Jon Bendorf, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Fritz Belisle, F, Minot Minotauros – Luke Dow, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ian Mageau, F, Austin Bruins – Brett Miller, G, Austin Bruins – Ondrej Trejbal, D, Minnesota Wilderness - Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Adrian Danchenko - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Adrian Danchenko

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and forward Adrian Danchenko, 19, took two of three games in their three-game set against the Northeast Generals this past weekend. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of Palm City, Florida, had seven points in the three games, which included recording at least a goal and an assist in each of the three outings. That included a one goal, two assist effort in a 4-1 win on Thursday to open the series. The Alabama-Huntsville recruit now has nine points in his first six NAHL games played this season. “Adrian has provided a huge boost to our team since arriving to town. He is a threat in all situations throughout a game as evidenced by him scoring power play, short handed, and even strength goals this weekend. His experience on our team as a three-year NAHL veteran is a big reason for our early season success,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Samuel Solensky, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Ryan Naumovski, F, New Jersey Titans – Trevor Smith, F, Northeast Generals – Jordan Strand, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Cole Brady - Janesville Jets

Cole Brady

The Janesville Jets got back on track this weekend and right back in the thick of the Midwest Division leaders thanks to a series road sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. Backstopping the team in both wins was 17-year-old goaltender and Arizona State recruit Cole Brady. The 6’5/165 lbs. native of Toronto, Ontario, allowed just two goals all weekend, stopped 75 of 77 shots in the process. That included 34 saves on Friday’s 2-1 win and 41 saves in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout win, where he also stopped all three Kenai River shooters. “Cole was very solid and gave us a chance to win both nights. He made big timely saves when needed and controlled the game with his play. His confidence in net carried over to the players on the ice during the game. He showed his talents in the shoot out win on Saturday with some very athletic saves,” said Jets head coach Gary Shuchuk.

2nd Star: Cam Buhl, F, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Johan Bok, D, Kenai River Brown Bears - Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Chris Konin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Brandon Puricelli, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Jack Johnson - Shreveport Mudbugs

Jack Johnson

The Shreveport Mudbugs made it be known this weekend that they have no plans on giving up their South Division crown from last year, which was evident in their weekend home sweep of the South Division-leading Amarillo Bulls. Mudbugs forward Jack Johnson, 20, had a big weekend for his team, recording four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and a +4 rating in the two wins. On Friday, the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Bemidji, Minnesota, assisted on the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win and on Saturday, he scored twice and added an assist in a 5-4 shootout win. For the season, Johnson leads the Mudbugs in scoring with 12 points in 10 games played. “Jack’s game has steadily improved over the first 10 games and is becoming a quality 200-foot player. His ability to maintain possession of the puck and visualize the ice puts him in great situations to contribute offensively,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Maiszon Balboa, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Sam Best, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Bud Winter, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 8, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Joey Strada - Aberdeen Wings

Joey Strada

Aberdeen Wings forward and Arizona State recruit Joey Strada, 19, made the most of his lone game of the weekend as he led the Wings to a 6-2 win over the Brookings Blizzard on Friday night. The 5’6/145 lbs. native of Scottsdale, Arizona, had two goals, including the game-winner and two assists in the win. For the season, Strada is 2nd in team scoring to date with nine points in seven games played. “Joey has established some pretty high standards for himself. He has a big role within our team and he always seems to show up when needed,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Nick Grabko, G, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Garrett Dahm, F, Austin Bruins – Isaac Kobienia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Keenan Lund, F, Minot Minotauros – Sam Malinski, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Kyle McClellan, G, Austin Bruins – CJ Regula, D, Minnesota Wilderness – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Louis Boudon - Northeast Generals

Louis Boudon

Northeast Generals forward and Lake Superior State commit Louis Boudon, 20, played a big role in his team’s weekend home split with the Maryland Black Bears. The 5’11/165 lbs. native of Grenoble, France totaled five points in the two games, which included three goals and two assists. On Saturday, Boudon had both Generals goals in a 4-2 loss and on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. For the season, Boudon leads the Generals in scoring with 10 points in six games played. “Louis, already one of the top players in the league last year, has elevated his game even higher this year.  His quickness and strength have improved and he is a threat every time he is on the ice in any situation. He already has goals on the power play and penalty kill, and he is a special player that is still getting better,” said Generals head coach Joe Lovell.

2nd Star: Matt Ladd, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Rutigliano, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Gavin Enright - Kenai River Brown Bears

Gavin Enright

Sitting atop of the Midwest Division is the Kenai River Brown Bears, who opened up their home schedule this past weekend with a sweep of the Chippewa Steel. In between the pipes in both games was veteran netminder Gavin Enright. The 19-year-old native of Farmington, Minnesota, stopped 48 of 50 shots in the series to help his team pick up four more points. On Friday night, Enright (6’2/160) stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he made 20 saves in a 3-2 win. “Gavin was calm and confident all weekend, especially in the 1st period on Friday Night, making 15 of 15 saves.  We are very excited about the progress Gavin has made coming into his second year in the NAHL and what is to come in the future for him.  Although this is an individual award, Gavin would be the first to tell you this was a team effort and we are going to continue to focus on that moving forward,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Nick Techel, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Brainin, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Nate Reid, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Logan Jenuwine - Amarillo Bulls

Logan Jenuwine

Despite playing in just one game this past weekend, the Amarillo Bulls showed no signs of slowing down as they posted a convincing 6-0 shutout win at home over the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday. Veteran forward Logan Jenuwine, 20, had two goals in the win, which included the game-winning goal early in the 1st period. For the season, the 6’2/195 lbs. native of Romeo, Michigan, who is committed to play NCAA hockey at Western Michigan, is 5th on the team in scoring with 11 points in seven games played. “Logan has been a tremendous addition to our club since joining us prior to the NAHL Showcase. His veteran leadership, maturity and attention to detail have been a big part of why we are having early season success. He also has an extremely high compete level that raises our desire to succeed as a group,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Kyler Yeo, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Ryan Winter, G, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of October 1, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jon Bendorf - Aberdeen Wings

Jon Bendorf

RPI recruit and Aberdeen Wings forward Jon Bendorf, 19, helped his team to a weekend road sweep against the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Yardville, New Jersey, recorded six points in the weekend sweep, which included two goals, four assists, and a +3 rating. On Friday, Bendorf had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win and on Saturday, he had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 win. In six games played this season, Bendorf is tied for the team scoring lead with seven points. “Jon’s leadership showed this weekend. He was a big part of the success and wins we had. He has the ability to take over games,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Lincoln Erne, D, Minot Minotauors

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Gino Lucia, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins - Nick Portz, F, Minnesota Wilderness – David Raisanen, F, Minot Minotauros – John Roberts, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins - Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Zach Stejskal - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Zach Stejskal

Knights goalie and Minnesota-Duluth recruit Zach Stejskal, 18, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 6’4/215 lbs. native of Cohasset, Minnesota, stopped 78 of 81 shots in the two wins. On Friday, Stejskal made 30 saves in a 2-1 win and on Saturday, he made 48 saves in a 3-2 overtime win. In four regular season games this season, Stejskal has a 2-1-1 record with a 2.44 goals against average and 93.9% save percentage. “Zach made all the saves he needed to make to give our team a chance to win this weekend. He saw a lot of shots and was up to the task each night. His performance is well deserving of this award,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Carson Briere, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Oliver Benwell, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Freddie Macciocchi, F, Northeast Generals – Marko Sturma, G, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Jonathan Sorenson - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Jonathan Sorenson

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jonathan Sorenson, 19, helped his team to a weekend split of their road series against the Minnesota Magicians. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, had three points on the weekend. On Friday, Sorenson scored the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win and on Saturday he assisted on both of Fairbanks’ goals in a 3-2 loss. In eight games played this season, Sorenson has recorded four points. “Jonathan continues to get better. He was great this weekend and brings energy each ice session,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Garrett Nieto, G, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Gavin Enright, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Ethan Haider, G, Minnesota Magicians - Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Cam Thiesing, F, Chippewa Steel – Tomas Vochozka, F, Chippewa Steel

 

South Star of the Week: Brenden Datema - Amarillo Bulls

Brenden Datema

Thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Topeka Pilots, the Amarillo Bulls now sit atop the NAHL and South Division standings. Bulls defenseman Brenden Datema, 19, had four points in the weekend sweep. The 6’5/220 lbs. native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, had a goal and an assist each night and was also a +3 on the weekend. That included the game-winning goal in Friday’s 5-4 win. For the season, Datema leads all NAHL defensemen in scoring with 11 points. “Brenden has taken tremendous strides from Year 1 to Year 2. He has taken on a leadership role with our team and been a steady presence in all situations. We are proud of him for his commitment to his game and our group and look forward to seeing where he commits to play NCAA Division I hockey,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Blake Bennett, F, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls – Josh Barraclough, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Sam Best, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Leo Chuard, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Harrison Feeney, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Max Finner, D, Topeka Pilots – Kyle Herbster, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Nick Siffringer, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Dallas Tulik, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of September 24, 2018sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Keenan Lund - Minot Minotauros

Keenan Lund

The Minot Minotauros got off to a good start to their season at the NAHL Showcase posting a 3-1 record. Forward Keenan Lund, 20, led the way for the Minotauros at the event with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the four games. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Sartell, Minnesota, recorded at least a point in all four games and had two multi-point games. His best outing came in a 4-0 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays where he had the game-winning goal and two assists. “Keenan really came into his own the second half and was a key member of our success down the stretch last season. There are big expectations for him this year, and he responded with an exceptional Showcase. His skating is excellent and he can make plays in small areas. He’s a great story for our league working his way up through the NA3HL and I have no doubt he could be an asset to a NCAA Division I program,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Kaleb Johnson, G, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sam Antenucci, F, Brookings Blizzard – Taylor Lantz, F, Minot Minotauros – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Alex Pollock, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Nic Sicoly, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ryan Taylor, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Matt Vernon, G, Aberdeen Wings – Andy Willis, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Chad Merrell - Johnstown Tomahawks

Chad Merrell

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Chad Merrell, 20, led his team to a 2-2 record at the NAHL Showcase and recorded at least a point in all four games. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Boca Raton, Florida, had six points during the event, which included five goals. Merrell had back-to-back two-goal games in a 4-3 win over Fairbanks and a 3-1 win over Springfield. For the season, he has seven points in six games played. “Chad had a great Showcase for us. He produced offense in every game including back-to-back two-goal games. He showed off his speed and scoring touch, which included a short-handed goal on Saturday. It was great to see Chad demonstrate his abilities in front of the incredible amount of scouts that were at the Showcase and I hope that he was able to attract some good interest because he deserved to.He has had a great start to the season so far and we look forward to him continuing to contribute our team even more as the season goes on.said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Connor Pooley, F, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matteo Menotti, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Ethan Haider - Minnesota Magicians

Ethan Haider

Minnesota Magicians rookie goalie Ethan Haider, a Clarkson University commit, left the NAHL Showcase the league’s shutout leader with two. Haider, who just turned 17-years-old earlier this month, played in three games and posted two shutouts at the NAHL Showcase. The 6’2/205 lbs. native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, had a 34-save shutout in a 3-0 win over Aberdeen and a 32-save shutout in a 2-0 win against Odessa. He also had 22 saves in a loss to 4-0 Topeka. For the week, Haider stopped 88 of a possible 91 shots on goal. “We are very happy with Ethan’s performance this weekend. He gave us a chance to win in all three games he played. His preparation for a young goalie is very impressive and it gives his team mates confidence when he is in the net,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Ben Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Justin Daly, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – David Schmidling, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Stanton, F, Minnesota Magicians – Dennis Westergard, G, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Alex Peterson - Amarillo Bulls

Alex Peterson

The Amarillo Bulls were one of two teams to go a perfect 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase and forward Alex Peterson was a big factor behind the Bulls success. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, had seven points in the four wins, which included five goals and two assists. Peterson also recorded game-winning goals in two of the contests and had a three-point game in a 9-0 win over Jamestown. His eight points this season is tied for 3rd in league scoring. “Alex has been an offensive force and a leader for us since the beginning of the season. He has worked very hard to put himself in this position and earned the success that he has had to this point. He will be a tremendous addition to the NCAA Division I program that he selects,” said Amarillo head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Emil Gransoe, G, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brenden Datema, D, Amarillo Bulls – Santeri Hartikainen, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – CJ McGee, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jordan Randall, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brenden Rons, D, Topeka Pilots – Anton Rubtsov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

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Central Star of the Week: No Award

 

East Star of the Week: Samuel Solensky - Johnstown Tomahawks

Samuel Solensky

Veteran Johnstown forward Samuel Solensky, 20, helped his team to a weekend road sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights this weekend to get the season started. On Friday, the 5’10/170 lbs. native of Michalovce, Slovakia, had an assist in a 3-2 win and on Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 5-1 win. “It was a step in the right direction for us to open our season with two wins on the road. Sam was a very big part of our offense. As usual, he was creating a lot of plays and was around the puck all game. He set up our game-winning goal on Friday night with a great play, then on Saturday he was a big force for us with two goals and setting up another. I felt he was dangerous all weekend when he was on the ice. Heading into the Showcase this week it was some positive momentum for him as I feel he is a very strong NCAA Division 1 prospect and hopefully his quality play carries right into the upcoming week,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Matt Ladd, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyler Head, F, New Jersey Titans – Cameron Hebert, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: JJ Boucher - Kenai River Brown Bears

JJ Boucher

The Kenai River Brown Bears got an early season boost as they went into Janesville, Wisconsin this past weekend and picked up a weekend sweep of the Jets. Defenseman JJ Boucher, 19, was a huge factor in the two wins as the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Ottawa, Ontario had four assists and was +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Boucher had an assist in a 5-2 win and on Saturday, he had three assists in a 7-3 win. “This award could have gone to anyone on our team, but JJ had an exceptional weekend. He was instrumental in the wins and was really good defensively in addition to offensive production he put up. He was doing a little bit of everything like blocking shots and making good passes. He is a legit NCAA Division I prospect and we are looking forward to watching him grow as a player,” said Brown Bears head coach Josh Petrich.

2nd Star: Connor Szmul, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Ciolli, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel – Michael Spethmann, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – John Stampohar, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

 

South Star of the Week: Leo Chuard - Shreveport Mudbugs

Leo Chuard

The Shreveport Mudbugs picked up right where they left off from last season with two wins in their opening weekend series against the Corpus Christi IceRays. The Mdubugs had a new face in goal in Leo Chuard, but the veteran netminder didn’t miss a beat, giving up two goals during the weekend. On Thursday, the 20-year-old native of Geneva, Switzerland, made 35 saves in his NAHL debut in a 4-1 and then on Saturday, Chaurd (6’2/198 lbs.) made 30 saves in another 4-1 win. “Having lost both goalies from a season ago, we were looking for Leo to provide a veteran presence and leadership on the ice and that’s exactly what he did that past weekend. I thought he was composed and played with a lot of poise,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

2nd Star: Michal Stinil, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Brett Abdelnour, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jason Brancheau, F, Amarillo Bulls – Jared Christy, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Matt Guerra, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots – Rex Moe, F, Odessa Jackalopes - Kyle Moore, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Anton Rubtsov, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 
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